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Demonstrating Artist – Dana Depew

7 Sep
Dana Depew

Dana Depew – Artist

The Berea Arts Fest is thrilled to have Cleveland area artist, Dana Depew, as one of its demonstrating artists for the 27th annual Berea Arts Fest.  Dana is a Berea resident and is highly respected in the Cleveland art scene and community. He is well known as gallery owner, curator and installation artist, in addition to his many hats.   Dana frequently uses found objects as art.  He reuses wood, found objects and old signs to breath new life in to creative solutions works of art.  His work can be found all over town including (but not limited to) Melt Bar and Grilled, Big Fun, The Children’s Museum, and many, many more! (Just google him!)

Dana will be demonstrating how he builds bird houses in his “Aviation Factory”.  Guests will be able to watch, interact, and perhaps take one of these bird houses to install somewhere around town. (If you’re lucky!)  The bird houses will be made from the lumber found in old homes (set for demolition) and other resources that would have other wise put his material in a landfill.

Guests should listen for the sound of a miter saw and air-nailer to find Dana’s Aviation Factory (booths 26-27).  Dana will be creating all day long at the 27th Annual Berea Arts Fest, on Sunday Septeber 10, 2017 from 10a-5p.

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Win This Original Piece by Dana Depew

16 May

Win this piece, an original painting/mixed media piece by Dana Depew at our What’s Cooking Garden Party and Food Fest on June 14th. To purchase tickets to the event, please click here.

Dana Depew - Original Painting

Dana Depew – Original Painting

About the Painting

In my most recent painting practice, I impose my being on the pre-constructed world. I attempt to resurrect the old and rejuvenate the mundane through the use of vintage chenille bedspreads, crocheted afghans, and other fabrics.  I initially wipe these materials clean of their past colors and connotations by saturating the fabrics in latex house paint.  This leaves a rich yet colorless textured landscape in which I reinvent into a series of contemporary and active works.  Through the use of vibrant colors and a variety of oil and acrylic paints, I create an exciting bridge between a forgotten textile and painting.

To see more of Dana’s Work please visit click here.

Born July 21, 1972, Cleveland, Ohio

Dana grew up in a large family on a farm in rural Medina, Ohio. At an early age, he was fascinated by the intricacies of how things worked. He began taking things apart and attempted to put them back together for curiosity’s sake. Dana was formally educated in the arts at Kent State University with a concentration in sculpture.  His current work focuses heavily on the usage of found objects and resurrecting discarded materials into wholly new vibrant works.  Dana opened Asterisk Gallery in 2001, which is an exhibition space that gives much needed opportunities to emerging regional artists.  As well as exhibiting his work in exhibitions nationally, Dana is tireless in promoting the arts by curating exhibitions, judging art competitions and residing on the board of directors of several arts and cultural organizations.

Statement – Sculpture

Inspired by my childhood fascination with lights, I began disassembling and reassembling antique lamps and chandeliers.  I was curious about the structure and assemblage, but even more so, mesmerized by the way various colors, shades and brightness of the bulbs created various sensory experiences for the viewer.

This experimentation led to smaller-scale sculptural work with lights, and that process evolved into my recent large-scale illuminated public art pieces.

In an effort to make such large-scale lighting economic, green, and practical, I began using recycled materials.  Part of the thrill was to take something unwanted and make it new and unique.  Fiberglass water containment tanks are reclaimed from a local factory who discards the enormous tanks, and these are used as the base foundation for the works.  The capsular, hollow forms are hardy, yet lightweight- essential features for both outdoor durability and installation.  I paint the bases with vibrant industrial hues that command attention.  Recycled light fixtures are installed using colored, energy-efficient, compact fluorescent bulbs, which complete the hypnotic, trance-like affect on these large sculptures.

Like the actual materials, the experience is both nostalgic, yet, new.  Retro, still, modern.

Although highly visual in nature, the scale and texture of these works explore other sensory perceptions.  The sculptures explore personal themes relating to self-exploration, particularly, my own questions regarding breaking down, being re-built, and how many times “rebirth” can occur.  Is it then new or different?  The usage of light reflects the idea that these discarded and unwanted objects can transcend the boundaries of “trash” into something to be desired.  What was once broken and empty is now full of light and has been carefully nursed back to health and utilization.